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April 01, 2013

American Chestnut Grower School — The workshop will be Friday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office in Franklin County, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. There is a registration fee of $25. 

Native Plants Program — On Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m., the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is sponsoring a “Native Plants” program at Spring Haven Nurseries in Newburg, Pa. Spring Haven Nurseries specializes in native woodland plants and shade perennials grown either in propagation beds or in the gardens there.

Annette McCoy, Penn State Extension consumer horticulture educator, will lead a tour and present information about “Spring Ephemerals” and other early spring blooming plants. The meeting is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Participants should plan to bring lawnchairs.

Spring Haven Nurseries is at 1362 Mountain Road in Newburg.  For more information, go to springhavennatives.com. The association is an organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. For more information, call Fred Peabody at 717-776-3565 or send an email to fredp5@earthlink.net.

Stop and Smell the Roses  —  Three workshops, Saturdays, April 6, May 11 and June 15:

Roses 101: Getting the Best Out of Your Garden, Saturday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to plant new roses, prune old ones and prepare your garden for a spring explosion. Be prepared for a hands-on workshop by coming with pruners, gloves and lots of energy.

Roses 102: Summer Survival: Getting your roses to thrive in the dog days of summer,  Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 11 a.m.  Learn how to provide adequate nourishment for roses, ward off pests, and propagate roses through cuttings the easy way. Bring pruners and gloves for this hands-on workshop.

Roses 103: Grow to Show: Preparing your blooms to be winners at the county fairs, Saturday, June 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. After all of the work you’ve put into growing beautiful roses, you should share them with others.

The workshop will teach how to groom your own blooms and take them to exhibit at the Franklin County Fair. The classes cost $10 or $20 for all three.

All classes are held at the Redington Residence 347 Leedy Way East Chambersburg Pa.

To register or find out more information on these workshops, call 717-263-9226.

Bugs and Pollinators — Two workshops

Gardening for Pollinators, Saturday, April 13, from 9 to 11 a.m.  Do you like chocolate, blueberries, apples, or almonds? Without pollinators, these and many other foods would not exist. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators in the area need your help.

Master Gardener Laurie Collins will guide participants through identifying pollinators in the area, why they are in decline and what individuals can do to help. She will discuss easy basic design principles, plant selections and gardening practices for creating a successful pollinator garden.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard. Only about 2 to 3 percent of the bugs are considered pests in the home vegetable garden and landscape, and some of the ugliest are allies in the battle against them.

Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will show ways to identify the good bugs from the bad bugs and things to do to attract and keep the good bugs around. The registration fee costs $10 per class or $15 for both classes.

Victory Garden — Mondays, April 22 and Sept. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.

A season long, highly rated, weekly vegetable garden growing experience. Master Gardeners of Franklin County, led by Darl Hospelhorn and Linda Horst, will teach everything you need to know to grow great vegetables, beginning with spring garden preparation, and ending with the final fall harvest.

Each Monday begins with a short class related to what is happening in the garden at that time. Participants will then work in the garden and be rewarded with a share of the harvest.

The class meets from 9 to 11 a.m. every Monday from April 22 to Sept. 16 at the barn across the street from the Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. The fee for the season costs $40.

Wear garden clothes and bring gloves. The staff will provide garden tools. For more information, call 717-263-9226.

Recruiting for Food and Wellness Volunteer Program — Based on the successful Master Gardener program, Penn State Extension is seeking volunteers who are willing to be trained to become certified in food and wellness programs.
 
They are looking for people with knowledge in foods, nutrition and food safety who want to become more involved with community wellness.

The course offers 40 hours of training, using online training modules for much of the education and ending with a full day of on-site training at Penn State University in State College, Pa., tentatively planned for May 29.

Participants will need computer access and the ability to travel to State College for the on-site training. The cost for the training program and certification is $125. Partial scholarships are available for those with financial need.

This program is important for Franklin County citizens since the Extension office doesn’t have an Extension educator in that field, and are reliant on other county or regional educators for program support.

The application deadline for the program is Friday.  For more information, call Rayna Cooper at 717-334-6271, ext. 322 or send an email to rgc15@psu.edu.

4-H Stream Team Leaders Sought — Penn State Extension is looking for volunteers for its 4-H Stream Team program, which guides youth in learning about local water resources and encourages them to become water stewards and involved citizens. For more information, call 717-263-9226.

For more information

• For more information about 4-H events, go to washington.umd.edu.

• To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about seven miles south of Hagerstown from the I-70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike.

The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex.

• The Franklin County, Pa., Extension office is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.

From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 north to the U.S. 30 east exit. Take the first road to the left, which is Franklin Farm Lane.

• The Jefferson County, W.Va., Extension office is in Suite 3 at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, W.Va. Call 304-728-7413.

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